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He Holds the Keys!

Father, it has been as very full, last couple of days but I know that I need to sit down and have some time with You. May I hear what You have for me through Your word. Amen.

Revelation 1:17-18 (<<click green)

Every time I read Your word, Lord, I am prepared to read several verses but quite often something in a short passage makes me pause…and I paused on verses 17 & 18.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

As You showed me last I read, You were not what John (or I) expected and all of that might and power literally knocked him out! But as You had said before “Don’t be afraid!” (Matthew 14:22-33) As it was then it is now with John – You’ve got absolutely everything under control!

And I just can’t get it out of my head – I picture You bursting with joy! You are excited and You just can’t wait to get the words out to John. You’ve got absolutely everything under control! You always have but we are slow learners. People die all around us, one nightly news program and we hear way more about death than we ever wanted to hear. In our own circles, loved ones succumb to death. We can’t avoid it. It is inevitable. You died as well…but it was by no means the end!

You said, “I died, but look – I am alive forever and ever!” And here’s the kicker for us, “And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” You conquered death and the grave and because You did, we too can! We have nothing to fear! You’ve got absolutely everything under control! Nothing is outside of the all-encompassing statement!

And if we are Your children and have placed our faith in You, then You joyously extend to us the spoils of Your victory – victory over death and the grave! Thank You, Lord. May we live without fear for victory is found in You!

June 19th, Mon, 11:09 pm

You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

There have been too many things clamoring for my attention this morning, Father. I should have been here sooner. Enable me to focus on what is important and to truly hear what you have to say to me. Amen.

Jude 1:17-21 (<<click green)

In my house, a wonderful gift exchange is “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” This may occur in other circumstance but we both love having our backs scratched! 🙂

Another mutually beneficial act – and one of much greater importance is keeping ourselves safe in God’s love and Jude encourages us to do this by building each other up in our “most holy faith” by praying in the “power of the Holy Spirit.” as weawait the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ…” “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” We are a family and we should have each other’s back- and not just for scratching! Every opportunity we get we should encourage each other. Our world is way too full of negativity and put downs. Lift each other up!

We must pray for each other, regularly! Absolutely nothing can accomplish what prayer can, especially when we “pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” and not our own. Pray for each other!

Lord, You are coming and we should be doing everything we possibly can to help each other as we ready ourselves for Your imminent return. Help us, Lord, I pray. Amen.

May 31st, Wed, 9:12 am

My Ball, My Rules

Yesterday was full from beginning to end and Father, I was grateful for Your presence. On top of all we planned, we were blessed to spend some time with my dear Aunt Ruby and got to see my cousin, Chase, as well! Thank You, Father, for the extra blessings!

3 John 9-15 (<<click green)

There are many aspects of childlike behavior that are honorable, Lord, when You were asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? You called a child to stand among You and said,

“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

Children are wonderful examples of innocence and faith but a keyword of how we are to become like a child is the word humble.

In today’s passage from 3rd John, Diotrephes sure missed that memo. Instead, pride is the name of the game for him. Instead of innocence and faith – other less desirable childlike behaviors are prominent in his life. And unfortunately, childishness is rampant in our society, as well. Many have the “my ball, my rules” mentality. In actuality, it is neither our ball nor our rules. It is supposed to be all about You, Lord, not about us.

Much to our detriment, the enemy of our soul likes to plant thoughts of entitlement and control in our hearts. Even people we admire and love can be overtaken by pride. “I am in charge. Don’t play with them – I don’t like them. If you play with them, I don’t like You anymore, so get out of here!” No humility, no love – just pride and a “me, me, me” mentality.

Lord, may we all look into Your eyes. May we see You for who You truly are – in all Your glory. And may that vision help put us in our place as well – loved immensely by You but Your humble faithful children as well. Amen.

May 29th, Mon, 6:35 am

Still Small Voice

Good morning, Father! Thank You for a good day yesterday, all things considered. I would ask that Your hand would be upon Karen as she recovers from the flu. Regardless of not having her play for our services, You were with us and that was more than enough. You touched lives in the way only You can. Praise You Holy Name!

Lord, I want to thank You for always being with me. I am glad we have spent a good amount of time together and that, although I am still learning to listen, that I listen to that still small voice.

On two instances yesterday I felt you speak to me to say something to two different individuals. It was nothing big, nothing earth shattering, just a simple touch. But I felt they were both from You. I have no idea why You had me do what I did – only You know – but I also firmly believe that when I, in faith, act upon Your word that it is for some purpose. Isaiah 55:11 reads,

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Lord, this morning I want to specifically pray for these two people. They are not connected in any way that I know of in the here and now. But You pointed them out and used me to speak to them. It was nothing profound but then my perspective is limited. Your perspective is all inclusive!

Thank You, Lord, also for the many lives You enabled me to touch yesterday as Your spokesman from the pulpit and just as Your man on the ground with both family and friend. Many people dealing with a complexity of circumstances but You know the individual need of each person. I pray that your “word” will continue to “produce fruit” and that it will accomplish all [You] want it to” and “will prosper everywhere [You] send it.” Amen

Apr 17th, Mon, 5:17 am

A Pond of Faith?

How kind and compassionate You are Father. Your love for us is never-ending. It is longsuffering, as well, and so often we are utterly clueless. We surely are not worthy of Your mercy but You extend Your grace to us without limit. May these truths be the driving force behind how I live out my life for You. I can do no less…

James 2:18-26 (<<click here)

Lord, we are saved from our sins by placing our faith in You. We are able to overcome the sin that daily assails us by placing our faith in You. To live victoriously we must place our faith in You – faith is the key.

We exude faith continually in our daily walk with You – but are we a pond of faith or a reservoir of faith? Do we just keep faith to ourselves, maintaining our position with You or, though we have stores of faith, do we use that faith to impact the lives of others?

Quite often I drive by ponds that are poorly maintained. There is life in them but if they are not taken care of, they become more and more stagnant and scummy – green algae takes over and they are covered in it. It comes to the point where they are not much good for anything. Lord, please help me to not allow my faith to be like this.

On the other hand, reservoirs are full of life. They retain water, yes, but it is water constantly at work. The water is constantly coming in but… it is constantly going out, as well. Quite often it is even used to generate power as it passes through – power that impacts the lives of people for miles around.

Lord, may my faith run deep but may I be used of You to impact the lives of those around by the work You do through me. May Your kingdom come as I allow Your will to be done in and through me.

Aug 28th, Sun, 6:40 am